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Alton Telegraph (Newspaper) - December 8, 1999, Alton, Illinois SERVING THE RIVER BEND SINCE 1836 THE 'I KLECHA! »H Today s Food Blue note Hurricanes win 3-2 I Heavenly Bafe!ng I Chocolate chips, flour and sugar Page C1 j pave path to glory Page Bl The outlook j Alton Physical Thorax Partly sunny. I New health High 52; low : options for 39    ;    women PageD8 I Page Dll^" Vol. 164, No. 327 - 50 cents I Therapy fit AWednesday, December 8, 1999 www.thetelegraph.comOfficer’s suspension urged By KERRY SMITH Telegraph staff writer SOUTH ROXANA - A majority of the 25 residents who attended South Roxana’s village board meeting Tuesday night called for the suspension of an officer accused of misconduct in a case of mistaken identity Nov. 24. Policeman accused of misconduct in mistaken identity case Some of them brought their own examples of police misbehavior. Others attended the village session in support of resident Darrell Williams, 61, who is accusing Sgt. Robert Cole, 27, of misconduct in an incident that occurred shortly after IO p.m. Thanksgiving eve. According to Williams, the South Roxana officer stopped him as he was parking in front of his daughter’s home in the 1000 block of Park Street. Williams alleges that Cole and two other officers pushed him to the ground, held a gun to his head and said he was being arrested for aggravated home invasion. At the same moment nearly three blocks away, the actual burglary suspect, 41-year-old Darrell F. Ralston, returned to a residence in the 200 block of Illinois Avenue to conduct his second armed burglary of the evening, authorities said. Williams also alleges that Cole turned the gun on Williams’ daughter, Tammy Williams, and his granddaugh ter, 15-year-old Andrea West, when they tried to convince Cole of Williams’ identity. “I felt like my father was going to die,” Williams’ daughter said Tuesday night while village police committee members met in closed session. “He (Cole) was out of control. My ■ See OFFICER, Page A9 Area/Illinois........A3-7 Bulletin Board........A8 Classifieds ..........C6 Comics .............D5 Nation/world........A10 Obituaries...........A5 Buchanan, Burch, Ernst, Leuty, Miller, Noble, Oliver, Petersen, Watts, Weishaupt, Whitaker, Zerwas Television ...........B4 The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Wind blows flags along the Avenue of Flags at Alton VFW Post 1308 Tuesday on the anniversary of the ‘date that will live in infamy,’ when the Japanese attacked American naval forces at Pearl Harbor in 1941. Veteran recalls date of infamy By ANDE YAKSTIS Telegraph staff writer ALTON - World War II veteran Lou Landre longed to fight for his country after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor Dec. 7,1941. “It broke my heart to hear that thousands of our U.S. Flags fly in memory of Pearl Harbor sailors died in their ships sunk by Japanese fighter planes in the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor,” said the 74-year-old Landre, who was wounded twice on the battlefields of World War II. On Tuesday, Landre and his buddies at Alton VFW Post 1308 on Alby Street flew their Avenue of Flags in front of the post as a memorial to the U.S. Navy men who died in the flames of their sinking ships 58 years ago at Pearl Harbor. “We flew 58 large flags in front of the VFW, one flag for each year since the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941,” VFW Post Commander Floyd Fessler said. Landre was 16 years old on Dec. 7, 1941, when he listened I See VETERAN, Page A9 Two tell of seeing defendant give pistol to killer Testimony comes in second attempt at murder trial By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - Two witnesses recalled Tuesday how they watched one man hand a pistol to another moments before the weapon was used to fire nine shots into a third man outside an Alton tavern in December 1996. Testimony began Tuesday in Madison County Circuit Court in the first-degree murder trial of Jeffrey Ewing, 34, of Alton, who is accused of supplying the 9mm semiautomatic pistol used to kill Dwight “Eggie" Riddlespriger, 34, of Alton, on the parking lot of Pete’s Lounge, IOO Big Arch Road. It is the second attempt at a trial in the case. The first ended in a mistrial last week after potentially prejudicial statements regarding the motive were made to the jury by Assistant State’s Attorney Keith Jensen. Jensen chose his words carefully Tuesday, telling the jury that the killing stemmed in part from a restroom gambling quarrel involving Riddlespriger that carried onto the parking lot. Ewing used the dispute as an opportunity to enact revenge against Riddlespriger, who allegedly had struck Ewing’s father in a separate, past quarrel, Jensen said. Jensen said he does not have to prove motive, but he does have to prove that Ewing ■ See KILLER Page A9 Belle tower The Telegraph/JOHN BADMAN Employees of Jansco Steel Inc. in East Alton erect a huge tower Tuesday that will be the main entrance to the new landing facility for the Alton Belle Casino on the Alton riverfront. The work is part of the multi-million dollar improvements being made to the casino’s Alton operation. KevCor CONSTRlXnON SERVICES, IMC. Former barge official found guilty of theft Ex-exec enters plea in scheme to cheat company By DENNIS GRUBAUGH Telegraph staff writer EDWARDSVILLE - An area barge line executive was convicted Tuesday of conspiring with representatives of at least three businesses to cheat his company out of possibly hundreds of thousands of dol lars, authorities said. Dennis L. Dorris, 47, of Holiday Shores, was found guilty of a single count of theft over $10,000 after he entered an Alford plea Tuesday in Madison County Circuit Court. He faces up to three years in See THEFT, Page A9 ;